Social Scientist/Risk Communication
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is currently seeking experts in social science/risk communication. These experts will be supporting the USACE Dam and Levee Safety Program in flood risk communication. The portfolio of USACE dam and levees provides flood risk reduction benefits to over 20 million people and $2 Trillion in property value. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a skilled, professional team that leads and tackles some of the Nation's unique challenges in risk communication and stakeholder engagement.
Some of the key responsibilities of the position includes:
- Plan, implement, and evaluate flood risk communication activities designed to impact positive flood risk management outcomes.
- Apply communication theories and models to risk communication initiative development; use audience segmentation analysis and formative research to select appropriate communication channels and messages to achieve positive flood risk management outcomes.
- Coordinate and conduct activities related to long- and short-range planning; program and project development, implementation, and evaluation; audience research; and translation and dissemination of scientific information to audiences in a variety of formats.
- Participate in the creation of training curricula and tools.
- Develop, test, and disseminate science and scientific information and audience-based products, tools, and messages (i.e., via written, electronic, and audiovisual formats) to different audiences in a variety of formats.
- Work closely with strategic communications subject matter experts and other colleagues to leverage knowledge and resources, ensure consistency of messages, and foster teamwork.
- Serve as a communication touchpoint and facilitate information sharing across programs.
A Bachelor's Degree (or higher) in Communications (public relations, journalism, marketing), English (professional writing and rhetoric), Public Policy or a degree in a discipline such as urban affairs, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science or public administration is preferred but not required.Experience in social science, risk communication, and/or public relations of 5 years is desired.
Desired knowledge and skills of candidates include:
- Seeking communication expert with skills and experience adaptable to a variety of tasks including designing impactful communication, advising leadership and teams on communication strategies and tactics, and helping technical staff communicate technical information with internal and external partners.
- Experience working with technical staff and helping translate jargon and complex information into digestible content for public, congressional, and other audiences.
- A passion for public service - including getting information into the hands of those who need it to make a decision (such as homeowners whose home may flood in the event a levee they live behind fails, etc.)
- Skilled communication product writers, editors, and designers are all welcome
- Critical thinker who can help sift through complicated writing and policy to help tell an actionable story
- Experience with social science and understanding of the ways human biases and behavior impact audiences' receptivity to communication and action/inaction is a plus
- Comfort working in an unstructured environment - since the team is new and growing, there is great opportunity to mold and develop it to best meet our goal of improving risk communication within the agency
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